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Weitz wins ’em over

Second Stage celebrates 'Show People'

NEW YORK — An audience of legiters and Hollywood folk ate up the Second Stage Theater’s production of Paul Weitz‘s new play “Show People” Thursday night, delighting in the meta-theatrical humor with much nudging and winking.

It was definitely an in-crowd: So in that, when expected guest Scarlett Johansson failed to materialize, a woman was overheard professing no surprise: “She told me she was busy tonight. She and I go way back –minutes — I was the one who suggested she have her lips done.” (Daily Variety does not take any responsibility for speculation over Miss Johansson’s bouche).

The worlds of New York theater and Hollywood film mixed as smoothly as a Cosmopolitan afterward at a party given at Robert Emmett’s, partly due to the fact that Weitz enjoys success on both coasts.

“He’s all about the truth, and I think that’s great,” said “Show” cast member Debra Monk. “He works seamlessly between theater, TV and film.”